Pest Control Workers

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Pest control workers treat residential and commercial properties with chemicals and mechanical traps to get rid of rodents, insects, and other common pests. They may work for a pest control company, lawn or landscaping firms, or own and operate their own company. Pest control workers make periodic visits to their clients' properties to make sure they remain pest-free. They may also use chemicals to control diseases and pests that attack lawns, shrubs, and other outdoor vegetation. There are approximately 70,250 pest control workers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Exterminators, Pest Control Technicians
Duties Inspect homes for pest damage; create a pest eradication and/or management plan; apply pesticides; set traps and baits; keep records of applications
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Georgia, but opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Valid driver's license; clean criminal record
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Pest Control Company
  • Supervisory Pest Control Worker
  • Pest Control Worker
  • Pest Control Trainee

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